A father whose son went missing 11 years ago has spent the last decade riding around China in a rickshaw dressed as his favorite character, the Spider-man, trying to find his long-lost child.
Wu Xinghu, from Shaanxi Province in northwestern China, said his toddler son was stolen from his arms in December 2008 after he and his wife were drugged by traffickers at home.
The 39-year-old man decided to start his epic search for a child after a good Samaritan gave him a rickshaw while he saw the man looking for his son.
Whether it is raining or shining, the Chinese father Wu Xinghu drives a rickshaw to various cities to find his son
The 39-year-old said his son was abducted from their home as a toddler in December 2008
& # 39; I believe my child will appear in the next corner, waiting for me to take him home, & # 39; said the heartbreaking parent (left). His son, Wu Jiacheng (right), was reportedly stolen from his arms
Mr. Wu told MailOnline that he had cycled more than 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) through China so far.
& # 39; I believe my child will appear in the next corner, waiting for me to take him home, & # 39; said the heartbreaking parent.
According to Mr. Wu, his son, Wu Jiacheng, was born on November 22, 2007 and was abducted on December 10, 2008.
He said on the fateful day that he and his wife were resting at home with their 13-month-old son, and suddenly they both fainted.
& # 39; When I regained consciousness and realized that my child was missing, I ran to the front door and saw it wide open & he recalled.
& # 39; When my child went missing, it was in the middle of winter, each family burning coal as a method of heating. The traffickers must have put the medicine in the coal, & he added.
Mr. Wu said he has cycled more than 8,000 kilometers (4,970 miles) through China so far
The man said that as long as he kept trying, there was hope that one day he would find his son
The boy's favorite character was the Spider man, which is why Mr. Wu wears the superhero outfit
The man said that although he had called the police, the officers refused to investigate the case, so he and his family were forced to find his son alone.
His brother-in-law was killed in a traffic accident while looking for little Jiacheng.
Wu said that in the past he had driven trains, buses and cars to go to different provinces to distribute flyers about his son.
Once he went to Zhejiang Province, a stranger gave him a rickshaw to help him reach rural places that were not accessible by public transportation.
He said he had visited more than 60 cities in 15 provinces and 34 cities in six provinces per rickshaw.
Wherever he went, he always wore a Spider-man costume because it was his son's favorite character.
Wherever he goes, the dedicated man warns the locals about child abduction with the help of flyers
Wu said that although he had called the police, the officers refused to investigate the matter, so he and his family had to find his son by traveling through China alone
The father always remembers buying new winter clothes for his son who was afraid of the cold & # 39;
He said the suit could also attract children and when they and their parents met, he would warn them about traffickers and warn them to be extra careful.
Although more than ten years have passed, Mr. Wu never forgets to keep his missing son's wardrobe in order.
He bought new winter clothes for the boy every year because he was afraid of the cold as a baby.
& # 39; The house is always ready for him when he returns. & # 39;
Mr. Wu said because of his financial situation that he often had to delay his son search mission, but he said he would continue.
& # 39; There will never be hope if I don't find it, & # 39; said the father.
Why is child abduction a serious problem in China?
About 200,000 boys and girls are missing in China every year
Child abduction is a serious problem in China, especially in rural areas.
An important cause is that the Chinese families prefer sons to daughters, which means they buy baby boys.
Moreover, a serious gender gap – a result of four decades of policies for one child – has made it difficult for Chinese men to find women. That is why teenage girls are sometimes kidnapped and sold as child brides.
Child abduction remains a sensitive issue for the Chinese authorities. No official figures have been released about how many children are abducted in China every year.
According to a 2016 report on the Chinese news site Caijing, an estimated 200,000 boys and girls go missing every year. Among them, only 200 or 0.1 percent could find their parents at some point in their lives.
A survey shows that about 64 percent of the kidnapped children in China are boys
The report also claims that there are more than a million child beggars in China and most of them have been abducted or forced to beg by their families.
Baobeihuijia, a website specialized in connecting families with their missing members, has conducted an investigation into the abducted children in China based on 8,861 cases listed on their website.
The research shows that about 64 percent of the abducted children are boys and more than 75 percent of the abducted children are under the age of six.
However, among those older than 13, there are more girls than boys.
The survey also claims that children under the age of four are likely to be abducted in China.
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